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Former Executive Who Drew Faculty Ire Is Named U. of Iowa’s Next President

J. Bruce Harreld, a former president of Boston Market and the most unconventional of four finalists, will be the next president of the University of Iowa. The university’s Board of Regents voted unanimously on Thursday to name Mr. Harreld as the 21st president of the institution, according to news-media reports.

Mr. Harreld’s candidacy for the post had raised faculty concern about his qualifications. “I’ve already been hearing from colleagues that they’re shocked and outraged by the idea tha…

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U. of Nebraska at Kearney to Pay $140,000 in Therapy-Dog Lawsuit

The University of Nebraska at Kearney will pay $140,000 and change its policies to settle a lawsuit, brought by the U.S. Justice Department, alleging that it violated federal law by not allowing students living in university housing to keep assistance animals. Under the new policy, the Associated Press reports, students will be able to apply for “reasonable accommodations,” and may require a doctor’s note.

The settlement stems from the case of a former student, Brittany Hamilton, who said the un…

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5 Rutgers Football Players Are Charged With Assault as Coach Is Investigated

Controversy continues to build at Rutgers University, where five players on the football team were charged on Thursday with assault. The Star-Ledger reports that one of the students charged, the cornerback Nadir Barnwell, is also at the center of turmoil surrounding the coach, Kyle Flood, who reportedly contacted a professor about Mr. Barnwell’s grades in defiance of members of the academic-support staff.

The New Jersey university is investigating the claims against Mr. Flood, who said before th…

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Another Athletics Official at U. of Minnesota Is Investigated

Another athletics administrator at the University of Minnesota is the subject of complaints as outside lawyers investigate reports of sexual harassment and discrimination in the department. The Star Tribune reports that Mike Ellis, executive associate director of athletics, is on voluntary leave as lawyers investigate five anonymous complaints against him.

The complaints were all filed in the period since Norwood Teague, then the university’s athletic director, resigned amid reports he had sexually harassed two staff members by sending them inappropriate texts.

Mr. Ellis did not respond to the Star Tribune’s requests for comment.


An associate athletic director at the University of Minnesota is on leave pending an investigation into five complaints against him in the wake of Athletic Director Norwood Teague’s resignation.

Read more at: www.startribune.com

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What Exactly Does the Education Dept. Say Michigan State Did Wrong?

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights said on Tuesday that a “sexually hostile environment” had existed at Michigan State University for some students and employees during a federal investigation into sexual-assault complaints there. And the way the university handled reports of sexual assaults, the office said, “may have contributed to a continuation of this sexually hostile environment.”

But at the heart of the department’s 42-page letter outlining its findings is an illus…

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Universities Are Falling Behind on Reproducibility Reform, Scientists Say

When it comes to ensuring that their faculty members produce rigorous, reproducible research, universities are not making the grade, according to a critique published on Tuesday in the journal Nature by a trio of scientists.

While research journals and financing agencies, spurred by the growing awareness of a reproducibility crisis in disciplines like psychology and preclinical biomedicine, have taken steps to improve the rigor of their scientific work, universities — along with hospitals, gov…

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Fight Over Cooper Union’s Decision to Charge Tuition Nears an End

A major battle over the future of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art appears to be coming to an end, according to statements released on Tuesday by the prestigious Manhattan college’s Board of Trustees and a coalition of professors, alumni, and students who sued in 2014 to block the board’s plan to start charging undergraduate tuition.

Those groups and the office of the attorney general of New York State, which began investigating the board’s handling of the institution’…

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U.S. Finds Michigan State’s Sex-Assault Policies Created ‘Hostile Environment’

[Updated (9/1/2015, 3:11 p.m.) with the university's response.]

The U.S. Education Department has found that Michigan State University’s sexual-assault and sexual-harassment policies violated the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX, creating a “sexually hostile environment.”

In a letter released on Tuesday, the department says that the university did not notify students or employees of its Title IX coordinator, and that grievance procedures did not satisfy Title IX’s standards, among oth…

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Hillary Clinton Was Pitched on Creating Her Own University

We’ve told you about Trump University. But Hillary Rodham Clinton University?

As an Inside Higher Ed reporter, Michael Stratford, pointed out on Twitter on Tuesday, an email released as part of the State Department’s latest disclosure of Mrs. Clinton’s digital correspondence shows she was briefly pitched on the idea of “HRC University.” The source of the proposal: Roy Spence, a notable Texas adman and longtime associate of the Clintons.

HRC University’s proposed mission statement? “To empower pe…

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U. of Denver Law School Discriminates Against Female Professors, U.S. Panel Says

The University of Denver’s law school has been discriminating against female faculty members for more than four decades, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Denver Post reports that the federal commission asserted in a letter to the university on Friday that the school has exhibited a gender gap in faculty pay since 1973, and discovered evidence of the gap in 2012 but didn’t do anything about it.

The commission’s investigation was prompted by a complaint filed more than…